crush

verb
\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing; crushes

Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to squeeze or force by pressure so as to alter or destroy structure crush grapes
b : to squeeze together into a mass She crushed her clothes into a bag.
2 : hug, embrace She crushed her child to her breast.
3 : to reduce to particles by pounding or grinding crush rock
4a : to suppress or overwhelm as if by pressure or weight
b : to oppress or burden grievously crushed by debt
c : to subdue completely The rebellion was crushed.
d : to cause overwhelming emotional pain to (someone) Her insults crushed him.
5 : crowd, push were crushed into the elevator
6 archaic : drink

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : crash
2 : to become crushed The stewed tomatoes crush easily.
3 : to advance with or as if with crushing The crowd crushed ruthlessly toward the exit.

crush

noun

Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of crushing
2 : the quantity of material crushed
3a : a crowding together (as of people)
b : crowd, mob especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
4 : an intense and usually passing infatuation have a crush on someone also : the object of infatuation

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Other Words from crush

Verb

crushable \ ˈkrə-​shə-​bəl How to pronounce crushable (audio) \ adjective
crusher noun
crushingly adverb

Noun

crushproof \ ˈkrəsh-​ˌprüf How to pronounce crushproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crush

Synonyms: Verb

mash, pulp, squash

Synonyms: Noun

infatuation, mash, passion

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Noun

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of crush in a Sentence

Verb

Unfortunately some of the flowers got crushed when we were moving them. The bicycle was crushed under the truck's tires. The machine crushes the cans so that they can be stored until they are recycled. Her arm was crushed in the accident. Crush the nuts and sprinkle them on top of the cake. The rocks were crushed into dust.

Noun

Yesterday I saw my old high school crush for the first time in five years. The crush in the train station is at its worst during the afternoon rush hour. Outside the hotel stood a crush of reporters waiting for her arrival.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The year was 2010 and the Italian economy was in tatters, the markets were melting, and retirement nest eggs were crushed. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 The military ousted Morsi in 2013 after massive protests and crushed the Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting Morsi and many others of the group's leaders. Fox News, "The Latest: HRW says imprisoned Morsi's death 'predictable'," 18 June 2019 The military ousted Morsi in 2013 after massive protests and crushed the Brotherhood in a major crackdown, arresting Morsi and many others of the group's leaders. NBC News, "Egypt TV says ousted president Morsi dies in court," 17 June 2019 That’s when Woodland crushed his 3-wood shot on No. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Gary Woodland comes up big on Father’s Day, wins U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 16 June 2019 More: Miggy homers, but Tigers get crushed in 13-4 loss to Indians Tigers lineup: To be posted. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers vs. Cleveland Indians: Time, TV, radio info," 15 June 2019 The only thing that can stop Brady from crushing his girlfriend’s hair is the arrival of her dad, Whit (Ashby). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 On the fifth day, with 30 minutes left on his 12-hour shift, an 8,000-pound slab of steel broke loose from the pile and crushed his left foot. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "These are some of the 9/11 first responders who brought Jon Stewart to tears," 15 June 2019 During Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica, the ship was frozen in the sea ice and crushed. The Atlantic, "What Lost Treasure Would You Most Like to Find?," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kiernan Shipka who plays Sabrina, posed on the red carpet sandwiched in between her on-screen love interest, Ross Lynch, the actor who plays Harvey Kinkle, and Gavin Leatherwood, who plays her school crush, Nicholas Scratch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "There Was a "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Love Triangle on the 2019 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet," 16 June 2019 Jaime didn’t knight Brienne because of a crush, and anyone seeing that interaction as foreplay is completely missing the point. Courtney Shea, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brienne of Tarth Lives—And Gwendoline Christie Has Some Thoughts About that Love Triangle," 6 May 2019 Emily Ratajkowski is a lot of things to a lot of people: actress, model, fashion influencer, girl crush, Instagram selfie master. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Has Designed a Collection of Fine Jewelry With Spinelli Kilcollin," 30 May 2018 In Act 2, Litka exudes a wealth of emotions, at times without saying or singing a word (such as when her crush elopes with Jane) along the journey to becoming a believable, yet still sympathetic Gypsy Rose Lee. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "2nd Star Production's 'Gypsy' turns it on and takes it off," 6 June 2019 This is a main determinant behind Andrew Zimmern’s major crush on the restaurant. Derek Herscovici, al.com, "5 recipes for popular restaurant barbecue accompaniments," 4 June 2019 Even Sandy Bullock, literally Miss Congeniality, has a crush on him. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "An Ode to Keanu Reeves, the One Man in Hollywood We Can All Agree On," 1 June 2019 While Willie had a crush on Christina right away, she was obsessed with another boy in her class named Mark Kossick — who would later be the best man at their wedding. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Willie Geist and His Wife Have, Hands Down, the Craziest Love Story in the World," 9 May 2019 Part of having a celeb crush is obsessively following their dating life, or at least being aware of what's going on in it. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Why All The Members Of BTS Are Single," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of crush

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crush

Verb and Noun

Middle English crusshen, from Anglo-French croissir, croistre, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Low German krossen to crush

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crush

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to press or squeeze (something) so hard that it breaks or loses its shape
: to break (something) into a powder or very small pieces by pressing, pounding, or grinding it
: to defeat (a person or group that opposes you) by using a lot of force

crush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a strong feeling of romantic love for someone that is usually not expressed and does not last a long time
: the person on whom you have a crush
: a crowd of people who are pressed close together

crush

verb
\ ˈkrəsh How to pronounce crush (audio) \
crushed; crushing

Kids Definition of crush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to squeeze together so as to change or destroy the natural shape or condition We crush grapes for their juice.
2 : to break into fine pieces by pressure The machine crushes stone.
3 : overwhelm sense 1 crush an enemy
4 : to defeat in spirit The injury crushed her hopes of winning.

crush

noun

Kids Definition of crush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tightly packed crowd He got caught in the crush of holiday shoppers.
2 : a foolish or very strong liking : infatuation Libby has a crush on a lifeguard named Freddie.— Judy Blume, Sheila the Great

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